Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Darkwood by Acid Wizard Games. I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my experiences with the game.
Darkwood is a survival horror game but it’s a rather unique one in the genre. The game plays in a top-down viewpoint which is unusual for survival horror games. The game also utilizes many features from survival games too.
Going into the game, I wasn’t expecting it to be scary but it’s pretty terrifying. The day time phase is pretty tame and you’ll spend most of it exploring. Night time is when things get creepy. Once night time kicks in weird things will happen. Doors will open on their own, you’ll start hallucinating and much more.
One of my favorite parts of this game is it’s excellent atmosphere and audio. The ambient noises and the background music really immerses you in the game.
On thing worth mentioning is that the game doesn’t feature a tutorial or have any sort of guidance. This is by design, so you’ll need to learn the game yourself. My first game was more my learning phase while my second game was my real playthrough. It’s a slow paced game so you’ll want to explore every possible nook and cranny. There are a lot of hidden things in the game, so take your time and explore.
As you play the game you’ll also meet a variety of strange characters. One of the first that you meet is a humanoid wolf who sells weapons. Other characters are a bit harder to meet but they all have their own stories to tell.
Resources in the world are a finite commodity. It’s recommended that you save most of them until you absolutely need them. That way you won’t run out when you need them the most. If you do happen to run out, you’ll need to buy them from the trader or wolfman. Purchasing resources requires reputation which you gain by selling items. If you survive the night you’ll also obtain 100 rep with the trader come morning.
Overall, Darkwood is a pretty unique take on the survival horror genre. It’s not everyday that you find a surprisingly good horror game underneath it’s top-down shell. It’s a terrifying game and it has some excellent atmosphere. I also really liked the character designs as well. If you’re in the mood for something unique in the genre to play, definitely check this one out, it’s quite good.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review folks. I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
Features of Interest
- Excellent Atmosphere
- Terrifying Night Phase
- Weird Characters
- Great Character Art
- Game May Be Too Slow Paced For Some
- No Tutorial (By Design)
- Game World Graphics Could Be A Bit Better